Opens April 2nd 6-9
Brick and Mortar Gallery, PA
"More Beyond" curated by Rebecca Reeves opens Saturday April 2nd from 6-9pm at Brick and Mortar Gallery, featuring ten contemporary artists revisiting Victorian aesthetics and contemplating death or loss through the dark arts, beauty and ritual.
Pooling talent from across the U.S.A., "More Beyond"
features three artists from Philadelphia: Robert Kraiza
renders fairytale characters and sentient animals in muted tones of watercolor and ink; Paul Romano mines dark dramas mixing imagined creatures, ribbons, and abstraction; and Caitlin McCormack crochets miniature skeletons from string, imbedding them in old lace scraps and displaying them in ornate frames or bell jars.
Amy Earles (Indiana) imbues nocturnal, other worldly illustrations of reluctant beauties with a sense of calm, remove, or absence; and Molly Carter (Illinois) explores the intersection of design, fashion and restraint in mixed media, being drawn to corsets, wire-hooped dresses and wigs.
Megan Reeves Williamson (Georgia) creates collages of paint and paper based on photographs of funeral food and the spiritualist movement; and Hollie Chastain (Tennessee) repurposes photos and inscribed book covers into hauntingly beautiful, memory-saturated, collaged paintings. Liza Corbett (Los Angeles) creates ethereal graphite drawings of women, surrounding them with animals and flowers. Spencer Merolla (New York) painstakingly glues strands of human hair onto paper or polyester film that is then inlaid into geometric shapes, creating uncanny, directional abstractions.And Rebecca Reeves (Pennsylvania) protects miniatures by obsessively cocooning them in thread in order to contain and preserve.
Curating "More Beyond" as an homage to Victorian rules and rituals, Reeves presents time-consuming and labor-intensive work that exercises a constant awareness of death and a need for control, registering a collective protest for more time.